Josh & Tiffany's Reviews > A Beautiful Mind: The Life of Mathematical Genius and Nobel Laureate John Nash

A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar
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Feb 09, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: josh, year2

As most people have already commented, this is probably one of the few biographies that I will pick up and actually enjoy reading. I found that all of the mathematical and psychological jargon added depth to the story even when I didn't completely understand it.

That being said, I did come away from this biography with a less-than-rosy view of John Nash. Apart from his God-given genius, there doesn't seem much left to admire about this man - or at least to write a book and make a movie about. Instead I found this biography to be a celebration of the trials that Alicia, his wife/ex-wife/wife again had to endure as well as the loyalty of colleagues who had no obligation to act as the incredible friends they were.

It is well-written book about the tragic, confused life of a man who was fortunate enough to be surrounded by people who cared about him.
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